2012-06-09 / Top News

Hearing Nears For Historic Districts

How Will Mackinac Island Protect Its Historic Buildings? Community To Weigh In

Citizens will testify at a public hearing Saturday, June 16, on the proposed creation of two downtown historic districts. The public hearing will allow property owners within the proposed downtown districts to participate in a non-binding, straw-poll vote to determine public opinion about the creation of the districts.

The meeting will be held at Community Hall in the city council chambers at 3 p.m. The public hearing date was set in November 2011.

The proposal is contained in the Downtown and West End Historic District Study Committee Report. Two districts proposed include Market and Main Street District, bounded by Fort Street to the east and French Lane to the west, and West End District, bounded by Main Street between French Lane and Mackinac Island School, and Market Street to Cadotte, including French Lane, Mahoney Street, and Bourisaw Lane.

Should either historic district be established, the city will be able to address outdoor aesthetics and restoration issues of buildings in the respective districts. Forming a historic district would also grant the city the ability to prevent the demolition of an aging building and help preserve Mackinac Island’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service has expressed concerns about the city’s ability to preserve historic resources and has been monitoring efforts for preservation.

The Historic District Committee will compile public comments and make a recommendation to the city council, which has a year whether to establish a district.

Comments concerning the district can be voiced at the meeting, or sent by mail to Mackinac Island Planning Department, PO Box 455, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, or by e-mail to assistant@cityofmi.org. All written comments must be received no later than Friday, June 15, at 3 p.m. All written comments will be read during the meeting.

For more information, call either Dennis Dombrowski, building and zoning administrator, at 847-4035, or Kelly Bean at 847-6556.

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